ERIC Number: ED161569
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Jun
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Ft. McDowell Indian Community Preschool Program.
Wurster, Stanley R.
A two-class preschool program for two to six year old Yavapai children was developed by the Ft. McDowell Indian Community to include activities and experiences to meet the special educational needs of youngsters on the Fort McDowell Indian Reservation, Arizona. The five program components included: (1) classroom and training activity to promote each child's maximum development in all areas of intellectual, social, physical, and emotional functioning; (2) "Outreach to Parents" to encourage parental participation in classes as aides as well as in regular education classes for parents; (3) family counseling; (4) involvement of tribal elders and historians to teach tribal origins, customs, and history; and (5) development of a culturally relevant curriculum by parents and staff. During the third year of the program 22 children participated in the preschool program (14 in pre-kindergarten and 8 in kindergarten). Analyses of findings from various pre and post testings indicated that the project was effective in contributing to such skill areas as social readiness, motor, language, and social relations. There was insufficient data to access the project's effectiveness in modifying parents' attitudes toward child rearing practices. (DS)
Descriptors: American Indians, Community Schools, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Background, Cultural Education, Early Childhood Education, Emotional Development, Family Counseling, Motor Development, Parent Attitudes, Parent Education, Parent Participation, Preschool Education, Program Evaluation, Skill Development, Social Experience
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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